Pando are a duo from Massachusetts that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of black metal, ambient, experimental and noise and this is a review of their 2018 album "Hiraeth" which was released by Aesthetic Death.
Field recording start off the album while most of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with a great amount of atmospheric sounding drones also being utilized as well as some ambient style synths and when vocals are brought into the music they are mostly high pitched black metal screams.
Drum beats are also utilized at times along with some deep demonic vocals being added into some parts of the music along with some clean playing also being added into certain sections of the recording, spoken word parts can also be heard on some of the tracks and when programmed beats are utilized they add in a touch of industrial.
Female vocals and elements of noise are added onto the second track along with a brief use of acoustic guitars which also gives the music more of an avant garde feeling along with one song also capturing the atmosphere of a horror movie soundtrack as well as some bass guitars, voice message samples and folk instruments also being used briefly and as the album progresses a brief use of country/blues influences, harmonica's and clean vocals can also be heard and all of the tracks sound very different from each other.
On this recording Pando takes black metal, ambient, experimental and noise and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover real life themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Pando and if you are a fan of black metal, experimental, avant garde, noise and ambient, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "l'appel du vide" and "Horror Vacui". 8 out of 10.